Friday Evenings at the MoMa
So you want to see the Picassos in the Museum of Modern Art, but don’t want to commit to the 25 admission fee? Lucky for you, the museum offers free admission every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. You can also visit the sculpture garden for free every morning from 9:30 to 10 am.
Tour the Federal Bank of New York’s Gold
Vault A little-known but fascinating attraction lies in the Financial District’s Federal Bank of New York: more than 6,500 tons of gold. The building dates back to the 1920s and much of the gold arrived after WWII. Anyone can sign up for a free tour of the gold vault on weekday afternoons.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry
During the summer, there are few things more pleasurable than taking a ride on a boat in the Hudson or the East River. The East River Ferry—which, by the way, is a great way to travel between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn—costs 4 on weekdays and 6 on weekends, but the Staten Island Ferry is absolutely free. And a Great view of the Statue of Liberty.
Find the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central
Grand Central Terminal is worth visiting even if you’re not catching a train there. The 102-year-old train station glows with the grandeur of Old New York. One of its most alluring secrets is the Whispering Gallery under the Guastavino-tiled arches near the Oyster Bar. When two people stand at diagonal arches and whisper to each other, their voices ring through like an old game of telephone.
Pay Your Respects at the 9/11 Memorial
Occupying 8 out of 16 acres where the World Trade Center once stood, the 9/11 Memorial honors the lives of those lost during the terrorist attacks on the site in 1993 and 2001. While the museum is complimentary only for 9/11 survivors and their families, the outdoor memorial is always free.
New York Distilling Company Tour and Tasting
One of Brooklyn’s best craft distilleries opens its doors to the public for free tours and tastings on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. After learning all about the history of gin and whiskey and the distilling process, sample their potent Dorothy Parker American gin and the recently released Mr. Katz’s Rock & Rye.
NYC Secret….Broadway has discounts and Lottery Theatre Tickets
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Playbill: Playbill’s complete round-up of the latest Broadway rush, lottery, standing-room-only (SRO), and student ticket policies. http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-rush-lottery-and-standing-room-only-policies-com-116003
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. http://www.thehighline.org/visit
The Catacombs by Candlelight
Go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, and see parts of the church that are otherwise off-limits to visitors, during this small-group catacombs tour. Meet your guide at a convenient location in Lower Manhattan, and follow them into the church’s catacombs. As you explore, you’ll learn all about the landmark’s place in New York history, will see its organ and other key features, and discover the final resting place of famous New Yorkers past. https://tommysnewyork.com/catacombs